With top-four chances gone, Tottenham Hotspur are looking to finish in a Europa League spot.
Heading into this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier League, Spurs find themselves sixth in the league table with 58 points from 36 matches.
The North London outfit featured in the Europa League this season, but they were knocked out at the round-of-32 stage by Italian side Fiorentina.
Playing in the second tier of European competition did have an affect on Tottenham’s performance in the Premier League, as they once again faded away in the final weeks of the season.
It will be interesting to see how Spurs cope if they qualify for the Europa League for the 2015-16 campaign.
Will Mauricio Pochettino’s side be able to compete on the domestic and European fronts? Do Spurs have a squad big enough to do so?
Will it be a failure if Tottenham fail to get a Europa League spot for themselves? Should they even try to get it?
These are some of the questions that Tottenham fans have been discussing ahead of their final two rounds of matches in the Premier League.
Below are some of those thoughts (the comments were posted on this article: Newcastle United great Alan Shearer: It would be a failure if Tottenham Hotspur don’t get a Europa League spot):
George: “Absolutely!!! And any one who thinks we as a cluB can't compete in both competitions adequately don't really understand the merits of actually being/playing football!! And they just follow the rubbish and hype from pundits/people who think they know what's best for my beloved!! And then go and talk about another team/club and get paid!”
Totcat: “You're right about competing effectively in both competitions, we as a club are big enough to do both, so it comes down to two things, investment and mentality. If you know you are in both and therefore have two chances to qualify for the following seasons CL, with CL being your stated ultimate goal then you build a squad large and good enough to cope with those demands.”
Turdly McMutt: “Frankly any Spurs fan (or anyone associated with the club) that doesn't want to see us play in Europe is a disgrace. Those of us old enough to remember many seasons of mediocre garbage appreciate that European football isn't something you take for granted. If today's Champion's League spoiled brat fans had the perspective of the older days they'd realise that being anywhere close to European football, in any form, is something most teams don't come close to.”
Dan: “I personally would love to qualify for the Europa league, when did we become so negative about Continental competitions? When I was growing up (I am 26) Spurs were a team that would be lucky to get above 15th in the league and might have a relatively ok cup run. The first season we finished 5th we couldn't believe our luck, our club, the one we love and support through the hardest of times would be playing in a European competition, I went to most of the home games that season and seeing teams like Sevilla was such an experience. We qualified for the Champions league...ONCE and had an amazing time and some of our performances were exquisite, we proved everyone wrong by getting out of 'the group of death' and who can forget that night in the San Siro??. Since then players have come and gone and in my opinion (this is the important part....it is purely my opinion) we do not deserve to be in that 4th slot and we are some way off of it.”